Tips To Consider When Planting a Tree
Ten things to consider
- Height. Will the tree fit its location and not hit anything when it’s fully grown, above and below ground?
- Canopy spread. How wide will the tree grow? Will the trunk or limbs hit the building? Remember that when leaves fall, they plug and clog gutters – both yours and neighbors’.
- Is the tree deciduous or coniferous? (Will it lose its leaves in the winter?)
- Height, Shape and Spread. Every tree grows differently. A columnar tree will grow in less space, but round and V-Shaped species provide the most shade.
- Growth rate. How long will it take for your tree to reach its full height? Slow growing trees (such as Oaks) typically live longer than faster growing trees (such as cottonwoods).
- Soil, sun, moisture and drainage requirements.
- Fruit and wildlife. No one wants messy droppings on a busy sidewalk! Ask if the tree attract birds, bees or butterflies.
- Hardiness zone indicates the temperature extremes in which a tree can be expected to grow.
- Personal taste is another key consideration. Do you want fall colors? Spring flowers? Birds? Bees? What shape will the tree become in the future? Think of how trees can enhance the attractiveness of your property.
- Check your local nursery city codes and county cooperative extension agent for a list of trees suitable for planting and any trees that are illegal to plant.
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